Gardening Questions And Answers
Growing these Begonias “on the drier side” will produce a plant that requires fewer PGR treatments. If required, a light spray application of Bonzi® (paclobutrazol) at 3ppm – 5ppm is effective to control Dragon Wing®. It is best to spray San Francisco™ and Santa Cruz® with Cycocel® (chlormequat) at 250ppm as needed.
Dragon Wing Pest or Diseases Wing begonias are prone to mealybugs, whitefly pest infestations. It can sometimes get affected by chewing insects, root rot (overwatering) and powdery mildew, but they hardly ever go beyond control. Avoid over-watering or planting in poorly draining soil as wet soils can lead to root rot.
Begonia ‘Dragon Wing Red’ prefers moist soil, so water the soil adequately and regularly enough to maintain the soil moisture. However, make sure to not over-water. When it comes to watering dragon red wing begonia, watering less is better than over-watering because the plant is somewhat drought tolerant.
Apply a good layer of mulch to conserve moisture, deter weeds and keep the soil temperatures moderate. ‘Dragon Wing’ red begonia produces new shoots called canes from the base of the plant. Should any canes get unsightly or leggy, simply break off at the base or prune to allow new blooming canes to develop.
Size & Growth Dragon wing begonias grow vigorously, but doesn’t grow very high – the maximum height is about 2′ feet. This plant is known for its shiny and dark green attractive leaves, which are wing-shaped and long, often growing up to 8” inches. It is very easy to grow and typically forms a bushy […]
The rule of thumb for watering dragon begonias is to let the top 2″ – 3” inches of soil get dry between waterings. Feed your dragon begonia with a diluted (by half) balanced liquid fertilizer once every two weeks during the spring and summer seasons. Reduce the fertilizing to once a month in fall and […]
If you are unsure if you should water, it is actually best to err on the side of caution and wait until the leaves begin to droop slightly, an indication that the plant is drying out. Water the soil directly, keeping the leaves dry. Begonias also require high humidity to thrive, a challenge when growing […]
However, gardeners should be aware that despite its alluring appearance, the begonia can be surprisingly toxic if eaten. Cats and other small mammals are especially vulnerable to the effects due to the relatively small amount of begonia that will need to be eaten in order to cause damage and discomfort.
You can expect sprays of white, pink or red flowers in late spring and summer. Even when not in bloom, the big, glossy wing-shaped begonia leaves are delightful. Dragon wing begonias are vigorous growers, reaching up to 2 ft (60 cm) tall — and will spread about as wide. They make dependable patio container plants.
Overwatering and underwatering are the most common causes of a begonia wilting. Begonias wilt quickly once their soil dries out, but maintaining excessively wet soil can also result in dramatic wilting due to root rot. Temperature stress, transplant shock, pests, and disease can also cause drooping.